Zhang Ruimin, CEO of Haier, the world’s biggest white goods manufacturer, won the Ideas into Practice Award at Thinkers50 2015. Stuart Crainer examines a new model for organizations and leaders.
Before the Thinkers50 2015 event, myself and Des Dearlove found ourselves in a dining room over a pub in London’s Belgravia. Our guests for the evening were Zhang Ruimin of Haier, his interpreter, and two colleagues. Then for three riveting hours we heard the story of Haier and Zhang Ruimin’s amazing work in reinventing management and organizations for the twenty first century. Along the way . . .